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    Why Scottie Scheffler’s blown 6-shot lead wasn’t a meltdown

    Scottie Scheffler shot a final-round 73 at East Lake to Rory McIlroy’s 66.

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    Scottie Scheffler blowing a six-shot result in Rory McIlroy on Sunday on the Tour Championship earned an ignominious designation.

    It marked the eighth time on the PGA Tour {that a} participant with a six-stroke lead with 18 holes to play didn’t go on to win, the Tour report for largest blown lead in a last spherical.

    Greg Norman was infamously a part of a kind of cases on the 1996 Masters.

    Norman bogeyed 9 by 11, doubled 12 and 16 and let Nick Faldo decide up 11 pictures on him because the latter gained the inexperienced jacket by 5.

    Scheffler’s Sunday at East Lake? It felt nothing like that, even when he did hit solely 9 greens.

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    “I only for no matter motive, I couldn’t get sufficient appears to be like,” Scheffler stated after the spherical. “Perhaps if I might take a number of pictures again, I’d most likely take again the drive on 16. I’d most likely — that might be the one I’d wish to have again.”

    Scheffler’s tee shot on 16 was pulled left and settled down within the Bermuda tough, the direct line to the inexperienced blocked off by timber. From there, he punched his strategy into the entrance left greenside bunker, a spot from which he had a greater than cheap probability of getting the ball up and down.

    His bunker shot was lower than stellar, however he nonetheless gave himself a makeable putt, lower than 9 toes down the hill, for par.

    “I hit putt and it hoped off one thing a foot and a half from the membership,” Scheffler stated. “I don’t know the angle y’all had on the cameras, but when it was down the road you’d have seen it hop off a little bit bit.”

    That was Scheffler’s solely bogey of the again 9.

    Positive, a final-round 73 was not what he needed, and one might fairly assume he thought he deserved the FedEx Cup title after successful 4 instances this season, together with the Masters.

    However a meltdown this was not. He confirmed means an excessive amount of struggle to use that phrase to his efficiency.

    Scheffler made par putts when he needed to on the seventh from five-and-a-half toes, the eleventh from 5 toes and the twelfth from 11-and-a-half toes. He additionally executed stellar chips on 9 and 13 from tough spots, a part of a run when he acquired up-and-down in 5 out of seven holes. He made birdie on the eighth to regain his solo lead after McIlroy caught him.

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    Scheffler was by no means out of the match, even giving himself an opportunity to tie on 18 with birdie, regardless of clearly not being as sharp as he had been all season together with his ball placing.

    “I put myself in place to win this match once I wasn’t enjoying my finest at this time, and so I’m happy with how I fought,” Scheffler stated.

    His gradual begin was compounded, he stated, on the sixth gap, when he made his third bogey of the spherical due to a psychological error. He performed the improper shot from quick left of the inexperienced on the par-5 to a entrance left pin.

    “I ought to have simply performed it out to the correct like I usually would, and for some motive I attempted to power it in there,” Scheffler stated. “So simply little psychological errors like that. After No. 6, I locked in fairly good and I simply wasn’t swinging it properly.”

    After the bogey on the simple par-5, Scheffler performed even-par golf on his option to the end. He had one last probability on the 72nd gap, placing his second shot in one of many entrance proper greenside bunkers on East Lake’s different par-5.

    “I hit the bunker shot precisely how I needed to and there was no sand within the backside of that bunker,” Scheffler stated. “Membership skips up into the equator of the ball and goes over the inexperienced.”

    He did properly to get up-and-down from that place, identical to lots of his different holes within the last spherical.

    In the long run, Scheffler summed up his afternoon in a deeply relatable means.

    “It’s a tricky break. It’s simply golf,” he stated. “You get good ones and dangerous ones.”

    And it wasn’t all dangerous. Scheffler’s comfort prize: $5,750,000.

    Jack Hirsh Editor

    Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is 2020 graduate of Penn State College, incomes levels in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his highschool golf crew and nonetheless *tries* to stay aggressive in native amateurs. Earlier than becoming a member of GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but additionally producing, anchoring and even presenting the climate. He could be reached at [email protected]



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